Here is what you should know about DWI sanctions in Minnesota

In Minnesota, getting a DWI can have an extremely negative effect on your life. The financial impact of a DWI could be up to $20,000, even as a first offender. Costs may include legal fees, increased insurance premiums, court costs and others.

In the past, Minnesota determined that its laws and penalties were not strong enough, so it passed DWI sanctions with ignition interlock systems. The goal was to improve safety on the roads while also giving convicted DWI offenders a chance to drive despite their convictions.

The ignition interlock device can be installed into the underside of the dashboard of the vehicle. It only allows a person to drive if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is under .02%.

What should you know about the ignition interlock device?

When first-time offenders are arrested at .16% or higher, they can be required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in their vehicle. They may need to use it for one to two years, depending on the level of their offense.

If you are convicted of a DWI and want to retain your driving privileges, it’s smart to seek an IID. An IID’s installation immediately allows you to regain full or limited driving permissions so that you can continue to drive to work or other activities.

The IID is designed to prevent you from drinking, which is why it may require rolling retests or the use of an in-vehicle camera.

If you’re arrested for a DWI, keep in mind that you do have a right to a defense. You may be able to reduce the chances of needing an IID or being convicted of a DWI.